Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday Maunder: June in Review

I'm back!!!!!!

I can finally say that I am back in the online world!  We are officially moved in, most of our boxes are unpacked, and we are getting settled in our new home in Big Sky Country!  Overall, the move ran much smoother than I ever expected it to.  The biggest hiccup was when we arrived at our new home -- a home that I had never seen in person prior to our move-in day -- and the house was not quite as it was advertised to be.  I'm working through it, making the house my home as best as I can, and reminding myself that this will hopefully be a temporary home before we buy our very own in a year or so.  Until then, I will make it work!

The month of June was a complete whirlwind, beginning with the wrap-up of Armchair BEA and a minor surgery for my daughter, and ending with a move across five states to our new home.  Surprisingly, reading did not suffer as much as I thought it would!  I am hoping for a fabulous reading month for July as well as lots of fun outside the books as we explore our new city, visit family that we have not seen in a long time, and spend time in the great outdoors.  For now, I will leave you with a quick round-up of the month of June.  Until next time, I am hoping to get organized, reply to the 100+ emails sitting in my inbox, and get more things scheduled here on the blog.

The TOP POSTS on the blog in June were two-fold . . . My Armchair BEA Wrap-Up and May in Review had the most hits, but my Monday Maunder:  Bringing Out The Boxes had the most comments.  I really thought that at least one of my Moving Books(es) special guest posts would be in the tops for the month.  If you missed them, be sure to click here to check them out.  I have more coming in the weeks ahead too!

The TOP PIC of the month was also a surprise.  I took this little pic of my neighbor's flowers while I took a break from packing.  Of course, as I reviewed my pictures, I also discovered that I had a light month in pictures.  I am planning to get back to sharing my snapshots on a more regular basis this month.

And, last but not least, here are the BOOKS READ for the month of June:

  1. Runaways, Deluxe Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan
  2. The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
  3. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
  4. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
  5. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
  6. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  8. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

As of the end of June, I had completed 51 books for the year.  I set a goal of 75 books for the year, so I am ahead of schedule and so far, still going strong.  Even if I have a setback on my reading, I should still make my goal for the year and hopefully, then some!

As for what I am currently reading, I am in the middle of Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris, just downloaded World War Z by Max Brooks on audio, and read the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling with my kids this evening.  

What have you been reading?  How is your reading for the year?  Any big moments during the month of June for you?


  1. I just finished Alias Hook and loved it. My reading is a bit behind according to Goodreads! But what do they know, eh? Enjoy Montana! I look forward to hearing about all your adventures.

    1. Suey ... They know nothing!! This is actually the first year that I am ahead, so maybe there is a glitch in the system afterall!! :)

      I will definitely keep you posted on our adventures!

  2. Happy homecoming!! Enjoy this new beginning for your family!
    Happy July reading!

  3. Congrats on finishing the move and getting there safely! :D Sorry to hear the house wasn't quite as advertised, but that doesn't surprise me : /

    Also, I don't remember if I mentioned it here yet, but I'm trying to make a conscious decision on cutting back for a while on how much time I spend on reading/commenting on blogs I love and follow, 'cause if I don't, my own blogs will never be launched *sigh* I'm not disappearing...just fading for a bit with occasional apparitional appearances. I figure if I actually TELL people I'm doing this---I actually WILL! lol

    1. ... Thank you!! We are making the house work, but that doesn't stop the initial disappointment.

      Good luck with getting your blogs launched! Be sure to keep me posted on the process. I am pretty sure I have your feed in my reader, but I am so behind on reading blogs these days.

  4. I've actually been reading some books for grown-ups. YA is close, right? I am reading Waiting for Alibrandi, Fire by Kirstin Cashore, and recently re-read several Tamora Pierce Books. I also began The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Jumped Out of the Window but quit it.

    Glad you're settled in - until the next move!

    1. Susan Stephenson ... Yes it is!! I was just eyeing some Tamora Pierce books yesterday at the library. I didn't actually get any because of my current check-out limits, but I really need to try these soon!

  5. Welcome back! Glad to hear the move went okay, even if the house wasn't quite what you expected. Life would be boring if everything went according to plan, right? Although I wouldn't mind boring every now and again. lol

    Hope you have a great July and settle into your new home nicely. Glad to have you back! :)

    Terri @ Alexia's Books and Such...

    1. Alexia561 ... Thank you!! Life would definitely be boring if it didn't throw in a few obstacles every now and then. Of course, I'm okay with the boring every now and again too!! :)

  6. Yippee! Really glad to hear the move went well, and I hope y'all are settling into the house even if it's not exactly what you expected. Happy to have you back again! :)

    1. Jenny @ Reading the End ... Thank you!! Now, I just need to get caught back up on my blog reading! I'm sooooo far behind on that front!


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